The vibe around the Southern offices is down to earth, family-oriented, and community-based.
I have a bit of a non-traditional background, though at McKinsey that isn’t saying much because so many of our colleagues come from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Before business school, I worked in film production where I spent my days running around set. Between that and my undergraduate major in comparative literature, I think it is safe to say I didn’t have the strongest business background.
Nonetheless I took a bit of a leap of faith in making the transition to McKinsey. As a candidate I heard about all of the mechanisms the firm has in place for supporting people through the transition—the training, mentorship, and a mind-boggling number of other resources to help you along. However, ultimately I had to buy into the idea that this is primarily an apprenticeship model. The key to being successful is to learn by doing, with lots of support and guidance along the way. What I didn’t realize at the time is that this continues over the course of your entire career at McKinsey.
We’re truly ‘one firm’ globally, and this has a tremendous number of advantages when it comes to development opportunities, client reach, knowledge sharing, and collaboration. And while I don’t want to take away from the ‘one firm’ culture I feel a real affinity and sense of community among McKinsey’s Southern locations—the feeling you have about a favorite sports team or your hometown. The vibe around the Southern offices is down to earth, family-oriented, and community-based.
Freelance film production
University of Chicago, Booth School of Business